Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first four paragraphs of "Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled"In his farewell to his disciples, his consoling words to them and to us are beautiful:In his farewell to his disciples, his consoling words to them and to us are beautiful:It is beautiful that Jesus anticipates that what we will face in this life, as his believers, will likely be troubling. Each and every one of us can name a lot of things that are weighing on our hearts these days. Small things and really big things tend to pile up and deeply affect us and the choices we make. These troubling challenges can disturb our relationships. Since all grief is connected, they can shake loose other griefs and sadnesses in our lives - some of which had been buried for a long time. Often these troubling feelings challenge our faith as well. At the very least, our sadness can make it difficult for us to hear the Good News Jesus' resurrection brings us.Jesus invites us to have faith in God and in him. He doesn't say that lightly. He knows. He understands what we are facing. Because he knows and understands, he knows that we need what he has won for us. I might be tempted to fight it off or to resist it in some way. My sadness can become my home, and, at times, it can become my identity. We can even diminish our ability to perceive the gift by saying, "He's offering me nothing in this world; only future happiness. I'm overwhelmed now!"